Hampton Roads Oyster Gardening Seminars

New Gardeners

This year, due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, we have adjusted our oyster gardening seminar process. New oyster gardeners will be required to review a "How To" guide teaching you how to maintain your oyster garden throughout the coming year in lieu of an in-person seminar class.

At the event, you will pick up your spat-on-shell (baby oysters set on recycled shells), two 18" x 9" cages to grow them in, line, and reusable zip ties. We require a $25 fee for this system to offset program costs.

For the safety of CBF staff, volunteers, and oyster gardeners, gardeners will register and pay for their new oysters online by credit card. The pick-up process will be contact-free. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask while attending a CBF event. In line with CDC guidelines, we recommend that unvaccinated people continue to wear a mask and practice physical distancing whenever possible.

NEW GARDENERS: Please read our New Gardeners web page before you register for a seminar.

Registration is now open. See locations, dates, times, and registration form below.

CBF is proud to once again partner with Lynnhaven River NOW and the Elizabeth River Project to help expand our oyster gardening program. The oyster gardening event in Virginia Beach is co-hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW. The Oyster Gardening event in Norfolk for RiverStar Homes and RiverStar businesses is co-hosted by the Elizabeth River Project. The oyster gardening event in Portsmouth is made possible by generous funding from the Beazley Foundation.

Locations, Dates, and Times

Seminars last half-an-hour and are held Tuesdays, Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. two days prior to the event.

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Gloucester Point
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
6:00-6:30 p.m.
VIMS Seawater Research Laboratory (Triangle Parking Lot), 1443 Greate Road, Gloucester Point, 23062
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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Portsmouth
Thursday, July 22, 2021
6:00-6:30 p.m.
I.C. Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23704
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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Lancaster
Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Belle Isle State Park, 1632 Belle Isle Road, Lancaster, VA 22503
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REGISTRATION CLOSED

Colonial Beach
Thursday, July 29, 2021
6:00-6:30 p.m.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
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REGISTER NOW

Virginia Beach II
Saturday, July 31, 2021
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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REGISTER NOW

If you have questions regarding CBF's Oyster Gardening program please e-mail, OysterGardener@cbf.org or call 757-644-4125.

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If you have questions regarding CBF's Oyster Gardening program please e-mail OysterGardener@cbf.org or call 757-644-4125.

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